0 Brandon Bate

Brandon Bate

Brandon Bate

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Courses Taught

  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Complex Analysis
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Introduction to Proofs
  • Linear Algebra
  • Number Theory

Why I Teach at Houghton

I first came to Houghton as a student in the fall of 2000. At that time I really didn’t envision myself majoring in mathematics. Although I didn’t dislike mathematics, I didn’t find it all that interesting. It wasn’t until I took calculus and other more advanced mathematics courses that I began to see how interesting mathematics could be and started to develop a love for solving mathematical problems and puzzles. After graduating with majors in mathematics and computer science, I completed a master’s degree at Boston College, followed by a Ph.D at Rutgers University. Prior to returning to Houghton as a faculty member, I was a post-doctoral fellow at Tel Aviv University.

I feel very blessed to be able to teach here at Houghton University in the Christian liberal arts tradition. Houghton University helped to foster my love for learning and a sincere faith. As a faculty member, I strive to do the same for my students.

Research Interests

My primary research interest is in number theory, specifically automorphic forms and L-functions, although I do have a growing interest in arithmetic dynamics.


  •  Automorphic Distributions and Metaplectic Eisenstein Distributions (submitted for publication).
  • “Frequencies of Successive Tuples of Frobenius Classes.” With Avner Ash and Robert Gross. Experimental Mathematics. 18:1, pp. 55–63. 2009.
  • “Automorphic Distributions and Metaplectic Eisenstein Distributions.” American Mathematical Society Section Meeting, University at Buffalo, September 17, 2017.
  • “Math for Liberal Arts Poster Projects.” Association of Christian in the Mathematical Sciences Conference, Charleston Southern University, June 1, 2017.
  • “Using Applets when Teaching about the Enigma Machine.” Association of Christian in the Mathematical Sciences Conference. Redeemer University College, May 27, 2015.
  • “Fourier Coefficients of Automorphic Forms for F4.” Algebra Seminar, University at Buffalo, February 23, 2015.

Other Interests/Hobbies/Enjoyments

My wife Juliet, also a Houghton graduate, and I have two sons. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music and playing guitar.


  • Ph.D., Rutgers University (2013)
  • M.A., Boston College (2007)
  • B.S., Houghton College (2004)

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